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North Carolina : What you need to know

Living in North Carolina puts you in prime adventure territory. Residents here enjoy 300 miles of pristine beaches and some of the country’s most beautiful old-growth hardwood forests and mountain tops. Home to Pinehurst, one of the country’s most beloved golf courses, Seagrove, the handmade-pottery capital of the U.S., and Biltmore, America’s largest home, North Carolina has a strong tourism industry. Asheville, Greensboro and Charlotte are among the best places to live in North Carolina, a state experiencing continual economic growth.

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Quick Facts about NC

Population 9,845,333
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $46,868
Median Home Price $154,900
Median Property Tax $1,248
Median Rent $65

Employment Rate in NC

  Employed 95%
  Unemployed 5%

Race in NC

  Ethnicity White 69.5%
  Ethnicity Black 21.5%
  Ethnicity Asian 2.5%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 8.8%
  Ethnicity Indian 1.2%
  Ethnicity Other 3%

Employment Rate in NC

  Employed 95%
  Unemployed 5%

Educational Levels in NC

  Bachelor's Degree 18.4%
  Associate's Degree 9%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 9.9%
  High School Graduate 26.7%
  Some College, No Degree 21.8%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 28.4%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 85.8%

Industry in NC

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1.4%
Construction 6.7%
Manufacturing 12.5%
Wholesale Trade 2.7%
Retail Trade 11.8%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 4.3%
Information 1.8%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 6.3%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 10.3%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 23.5%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 9.4%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.9%
Public Administration 4.5%

Housing in NC

  Homes Rent 65.1%
  Homes Owned 34.9%

North Carolina Rankings

Best places to Live in North Carolina

Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Charlotte 792,137 $172,000 $53,637
Raleigh 432,520 $208,800 $55,398
Greensboro 279,427 $147,500 $41,628
Durham 246,084 $182,000 $50,420
Winston-Salem 236,642 $141,100 $39,882
Fayetteville 202,521 $128,200 $43,630
Cary 151,186 $306,200 $91,579
Wilmington 111,998 $221,800 $42,128
High Point 108,031 $142,400 $42,299
Greenville 88,598 $147,100 $34,435
Asheville 86,789 $199,800 $43,334
Concord 83,903 $166,300 $53,587
Gastonia 73,211 $137,900 $40,432
Jacksonville 68,315 $153,200 $40,918
Chapel Hill 58,766 $385,100 $62,208
Rocky Mount 56,642 $106,000 $36,088
Burlington 52,241 $121,800 $36,140
Huntersville 50,433 $250,300 $90,253
Wilson 49,478 $133,600 $38,497
Kannapolis 44,520 $122,900 $42,854